Retrospective 001: Democracy & The Freedom Suite

For the month of November we’ll present a series of posts highlighting past shows, connected by way of different themes., and including news items, video and audio releases and commentary.  Stay tuned with the Radio Free Amsterdam 24/7 player.

Here are two shows from the archives: Democracy by Bruce Pingree, and Freedom Suite by John Sinclair. Enjoy. Turn it up.

–Steve Fly


BLUES SHOW 300: DEMOCRACY

 

Bruce Pingree is playing a tribute to the recently departed Allman Boothers drummer Butch Trucks in his 300th episode for Radio Free Amsterdam with music from the Allman Boothers Band and Johnny Jenkins, plus a series of songs by Mighty Sam McClain, and cuts from Eric Mingus, Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire, and Dr. John.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

DEMOCRACY

THE BLUES SHOW 300

Bruce Pingree, WUNH-FM, Durham, NH, January 29, 2017 [BPBS-0300]

 

[01] Allman Brothers Band: Hoochie Coochie Man

[02] Johnny Jenkins: I Walk On Guilded Spliters

[03] Johnny Jenkins: Voodoo And You

[04] Allman Brothers Band: Done Somebody Wrong

[05] Mighty Sam McClain: Love One Another

[06] Mighty Sam McClain: Give It Up To Love

[07] Mighty Sam McClain: If It Wasn’t For The Blues

[08] Mighty Sam McClain: Lord Will Make A Way

[09] Mighty Sam McClain: A Change Is Gonna Come

[10] Eric Mingus: Democracy

[11] Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire: Freedom

[12] Dr. John: Huey “Piano” Smith Medley

[13] Dr. John: Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Bruce Pingree for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced by Bruce Pingree at WUNH-FM, Durham, NH

Recorded by Joe McDonough

Editing, post-production, & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2017 Bruce Pingree. Used with permission.


ANCESTOR WORSHIP 59: THE FREEDOM SUITE

Our project for this month is an investigation into the music recorded by BYG Records following a music festival held in Paris in 1969, collected on a 3-disc boox set called JazzActuel produced by Thurston Moore & Byron Coley that I found in the collection of Mark Ritsema in Rotterdam. Tonight’s program features Volume 1, which includes cuts by Steve Lacy, Archie Shepp, Sunny Murray, Sonny Sharrock, Grachan Moncur III, Clifford Thornton, and Jacques Coursil.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

EXPLORATION

ANCESTOR WORSHIP 60

John Sinclair, Hightop Circle, Hamden CT, October 23, 2013 [JSAW-0060]

 

[01] Opening Theme: Charlie Parker: Another Hairdo

[02] Steve Lacy: Note

[03] Archie Shepp: Blasé

[04] Sunny Murray: Red Cross

[05] Sonny Sharrock: Soon

[06] Grachan Moncur III: Exploration

[07] Clifford Thornton: Pan-African Festival

[08] Jacques Coursil: Black Suite (Part 2)

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded, edited & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Mark Ritsema, Steve The Fly, and Kathy Sinclair

© 2013, 2017 The John Sinclair Foundation.

Ancestor Worship 95: The Magic City

This week’s episode of Ancestor Worship presents your host’s most favorite Arkestra creations, from the ESP-Disk Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra, Volume 2 and the Saturn Records release The Maic City, both from 1966. These recordings represent the Arkestra at its first full peak and it gives me reat pleasure to offer them here.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

THE MAGIC CITY

ANCESTOR WORSHIP 95

John Sinclair, Fly Agaric 23 Studio, Amsterdam, June 23, 2014 [18293]

 

Charlie Parker: Another Hairdo

Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra: The Sun Myth

Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra: The Magic City

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded, edited & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Jerry Poynton & Helen Oliver Adelson and Steve The Fly

 

© 2014, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

This week’s episode of Ancestor Worship presents your host’s most favorite Arkestra creations, from the ESP-Disk Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra, Volume 2 and the Saturn Records release The Maic City, both from 1966. These recordings represent the Arkestra at its first full peak and it gives me reat pleasure to offer them here.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

THE MAGIC CITY

ANCESTOR WORSHIP 95

John Sinclair, Fly Agaric 23 Studio, Amsterdam, June 23, 2014 [18293]

 

Charlie Parker: Another Hairdo

Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra: The Sun Myth

Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra: The Magic City

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded, edited & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Jerry Poynton & Helen Oliver Adelson and Steve The Fly

 

© 2014, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

Ancestor Worship 94: Heliocentric

This week’s episode of music from Sun Ra & His Arkestra in celebration of the composer’s 100th birthday presents the elongated title track of the album Other Planes of There (Saturn LP 206, 1964) and the music from Ra’s breakthrough album with the public, The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra, Volume 1 (ESP-Disk 1014, 1965).

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

HELIOCENTRIC

ANCESTOR WORSHIP 94

John Sinclair, Blackheath Studios, London, May 15, 2014 [18279]

 

Charlie Parker: Another Hairdo

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Other Planes of There

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Heliocentric

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Outer Nothingness

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Nebulae

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: The Cosmos

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Other Worlds

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Of Heavenly Things

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Dancing In The Sun

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded, edited & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Nick Smith & Steve The Fly

 

© 2014, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

Ancestor Worship 93: Plutonian Nights

Our third installment of the early works of Sun Ra (1956-1965) in celebration o fthe composer’s 100th birthday features music from the albums The Nubians of Plutonia (Saturn LP 406, 1958-59), Interstellar Low Ways (Saturn LP 203, 1960), The Futuristic Sounds Of Sun Ra (Savoy, 1961), Bad & Beautiful (Saturn LP, 1961), and Other Planes of There (Saturn LP 206, 1964).

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

PLUTONIAN NIGHTS

ANCESTOR WORSHIP 93

John Sinclair, Blackheath Studios, London, May 15, 2014 [18265]

Charlie Parker: Another Hairdo

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Star Time

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: The Lady with the Golden Stockings

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Plutionian Nights

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Interstellar Low Ways

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Of Sounds And Something Else

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: The Bad and the Beautiful

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Ankh

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Sound Spectra > Spec Sket

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Spiral Galaxy

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Urnack

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded, edited & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Nick Smith & Steve The Fly

 

© 2014, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

Ancestor Worship 92: Between Two Worlds

Our celebration of the Sun Ra centeniial continues with this program of selections from a series of albums recorded in Chicago between 1956-59, including Angels and Demons at Play (Saturn LP 407, 1956), Jazz in Silhouette (Saturn LP 205, 1958), and The Nubians of Plutonia (Saturn LP 406, 1958-59).

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

ANCESTOR WORSHIP 92

John Sinclair, Blackheath Studios, London, May 15, 2014 [18251]

Charlie Parker: Another Hairdo

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Medicine for a Nightmare

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: A Call for All Demons

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Angels and Demons at Play

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Demon’s Lullaby

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Between Two Worlds

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Tiny Pyramids

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Music from the World Tomorrow

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Aiethopia

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Africa

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Nubia

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Ancient Aiethopia

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Watusa

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded, edited & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Nick Smith & Steve The Fly

 

© 2014, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

Ancestor Worship 91: We Travel The Spaceways

Tonight we begin our elongated celebration of the 100th birthday of Sun Ra, who descended on the Third Planet on May 22, 1914 and left on May 23, 1993, with a program of selections from his early years with the Arkestra in Chicago, recored bewteen 1956 and 1960 and issued on the albums We Travel the Spaceways (Saturn LP 409, 1956), Sun Ra Visits Planet Earth (Saturn LP 207, 1956-58), Jazz in Silhouette (Saturn LP 205, 1958), and Interstellar Low Ways (Saturn LP 203, 1960).

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

WE TRAVEL THE SPACEWAYS

ANCESTOR WORSHIP 91

John Sinclair, Blackheath Studios, London, May 18, 2014 [18237]

Charlie Parker: Another Hairdo

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: We Travel the Spaceways

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Outer Spaceways Inc.

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Tapestry from an Asteroid

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: New Horizons

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Planet Earth

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Horoscope

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Enlightenment

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Blues at Midnight

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Rocket Number 9

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Images

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded, edited & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Nick Smith & Steve The Fly

 

© 2014, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

Ancestor Worship 90: Live In Seattle

Our final installment in our long investigation into the recordings of John Coltrane for the Atlantic and Impulse labels between 1959-66 takes us to the Penthouse club in Seattle on September 30, 1965 where the Quartet with Trane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones is augmented by Pharaoh Sanders on tenor saxophone and Don Garrett on bass clarinet and second bass.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

LIVE IN SEATTLE

ANCESTOR WORSHIP 90

John Sinclair, Northeast Sector, Detroit, April 25, 2014 [18223]

 

Charlie Parker: Another Hairdo

John Coltrane Sextet: Out Of This World

John Coltrane Sextet: Body And Soul

John Coltrane Sextet: Cosmos

John Coltrane Sextet: Tapestry In Sound

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded, edited & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Sunny & Beyonce Sinclair

 

© 2014, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

Ancestor Worship 89: Afro-Blue

Episode 89 in our long series of programs investigating the recordings of the John Coltrane Quartet for Impulse Records steps back for a couple of timeless live dates, first at the Village Vanguard on November 2-3, 1961 with Eric Dolphy joining John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones, and then at Birdland on October 8, 1963 from the classic album Coltrane Live at Birdland (Impulse A-50).

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

AFRO-BLUE

ANCESTOR WORSHIP 89

John Sinclair, Northeast Sector, Detroit, April 11, 2014 [18209]

 

Charlie Parker: Another Hairdo

John Coltrane Quintet: Spiritual

John Coltrane Quintet: Niema

John Coltrane Quartet: Afro-Blue

John Coltrane Quartet: Alabama

John Coltrane Quartet: I Want To Talk About You

John Coltrane Quintet: Chasin’ The Trane

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded, edited & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Sunny & Beyonce Sinclair

 

© 2014, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation